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May 2009 Events

 

  May 17, 2009

Sunday

ANGELS CAMP - Jumping Frog Jubilee and Calaveras County Fair. A popular contest based on Samuel  Clemens’ trips to the Gold Country region that inspired his published work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, about Jim Smiley and his frog Dan’l Webster. Event includes a carnival, vendors, games, entertainment and the famous Jumping Frog contest. Cost: $5 - 10. Location: Fairgrounds along Highway 49 between Angels Camp and Sonora.  frogtown.com

BERKELEY - Himalayan Fair and Festival. 26th anniversary Himalayan Fair & Festival celebrates the traditions of the Himalayan mountain cultures. Time: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Location: Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA. Call: (510) 869-3995. himalayanfair.net

CASTROVILLE - Artichoke Festival. 50th annual Artichoke Festival is an event that helped launch Marilyn Monroe's career. Lots of foods, bands, entertainment, music, games, contests and a setting in the heart of artichoke country is what you can expect. artichoke-festival.org

COSTA MESA - Free Train Rides. Orange County Model Engineers club operates 1/8th scale trains in Fairview Park that the public are invited to watch and ride. The 12 minute journey includes a trip around the park, picnic tables for parties and a gift shop with train and logo related items for children and adults. Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

CORONA - Koroneburg European Old World Festival. Southern California's Only Permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village enjoy jugglers, music, jousting, battles and entertainment for the entire family.  Time: 11 to 6 p.m. Cost: $12 -18. Location: Crossroads, Crossroads Riverview Park, 14600 River Rd, Corona, CA 92880 renaissanceinfo.com/

DOHENY - Doheny Blues Festival. Held at Doheny Beach in Dana Point, this annual event has featured Bonnie Raitt and other artists. omegaevents.com

ESCONDIDO - Downtown Street Fair. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Downtown Escondido, CA. Call:  (760) 745-8877. downtownescondido.com

KING CITY - Salinas Valley Fair. As good as it gets, the fair includes a carnival, demos, food and vendor booths, entertainment, livestock competitions, and wine competitions. Location: Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division St., King City, CA. salinasvalleyfair.com

LANCASTER - The Full Monty. Cedar Street Theatre present Broadway's smash hit musical about six of out-of-work steel workers who organize an unlikely male stripper act. Time: 2 p.m. Cost: $16 -20. Location: Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA. Call: (661) 723-5950. lpac.org

LOS ANGELES - Guacamole Festival. Held in Lincoln Heights, this event brings together food, music, games and fun. TIme: Noon to 10 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Baldwin & Griffin, Los Angeles (Lincoln Heights), CA.

LOS ANGELES - Flavors of Los Angeles Gala. 3rd annual food event features top L.A. chefs and dining under the stars.  Time: Evening. Location: The City National Bank Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, Ca. Cost: $250/person.  Call Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation: (310) 670-4624 or [email protected]

OAKDALE - Oakdale Chocolate Festival Classic Car Show.  17th Annual Oakdale, CA event will be held May 16 & 17.   Benefits the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, chamber members, Corvette Club Charity Fund and Oakdale businesses . Pre-registration entry cost is $25 one day; $35 for both days. Patrons pay $5 Adults, Seniors $4 and Children under 12 are Free. Bring a can good for $1 off admission. Cost includes entrance into the Chocolate Festival too. Vehicle categories: on application at website. Questions: email [email protected] or phone Classic Car Show Chairs, Corvette Club, Walt (209) 847-5079 and Bob (209) 524-3958, Chamber (209) 847-2244. 590 N. Yosemite Avenue, Oakdale, CA 95361. oakdalechamber.com

OXNARD -  California Strawberry Festival. 26th Annual celebration.  Time: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Straweberry Meadows off College Park, Oxnard, CA. Call: (209) 267-4394. pacificfinearts.com

PLEASANTON - Hidden Gardens of the Valley Tour. Guests can tour eleven unique gardens at Pleasanton homes, where the love of gardens meets the love of pets. Enjoy the fragrant spring gardens, each of which is named after the homeowner’s pet. Samantha’s Sanctuary, Zen for Von Zinfandel, and others. Receive a map with the location of each garden and a detailed description written by each homeowner. Participants will receive the event brochure and begin the tour at the starred garden on their ticket. The other gardens can be visited in any order. Participants will drive themselves to each garden. Event benefits Valley Humane Society. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $35/person. Call  Valley Humane Society: (925) 426-8656. valleyhumane.org.

PORTERVILLE - Porterville Fair. Livestock, attractions, carnival and country fair nights are the highlights of this fabulous fair. Time:  12:00 p.m. - Gates, Concessions Open, Rotary Stage Entertainment starts, Fun Zone, Carnival, Indoor & Outdoor Exhibits Open 7:30 p.m. - Indoor Exhibits Close 11:00 p.m. -  Fair closes. Cost: $7 admission, $4 parking.  Call: (559) 781-6582. portervillefair.com
ROHNERT PARK -
 Voena Youth Choir: Voices of Dreams Spring Concert. A multi-cultural, a cappella and world music experience, Voices of Dreams, will burst with a splash of color and ethnic diversity to celebrate and embrace the birth of dreams that CAN come true, heard through  spectacular youthful sound. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $20; $15 over 61 and under 13 years. Location: Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA. Call: (800) 838-3006. brownpapertickets.com

SAN DIEGO - Festival of the Arts - Explore the historic North Park neighborhood at the 13th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Along University Avenue between 30th and 32nd streets, San Diego, CA.  Call: (619) 233-5008. northparkmainstreet.com

SAN RAFAEL - Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance. First annual event celebrates classic cars with competition the public is invited to enjoy as a benefit for Hospice By The Bay Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $15 general admission; $10 senior and under 16 (when accompanied by adult). Location: Marin Center Fairgrounds, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA. Call: (415) 479-7727 .marinsonomaconcours.org

SANTA ROSA - Santa Rosa Symphony Concert. Messiaen’s flamboyant Turangalila, inspired by Wagner’s Tristan, explores exotic rhythms and instruments in a transcendent tribute to love. It commands immense virtuosity from an orchestra, in the same way Ravel’s piano concerto demands the combination of fiery power and fragile grace of Cecile Licad. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $27 - 50. Location: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA.  Call: (707) 546-3600. wellsfargocenterarts.org

SAUSALITO - Vintage Jewelry Show. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $6. Location: Sausalito Events Place, Idesst Hall, 511 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA. goldengateshows.com

SIMI VALLEY - Circus Vargas. Amazing acts under the big tent offer fun entertainment for all ages. Circus Vargas appears in Simi Valley through May 18. Time: 1:30; 4:30; 7:30 p.m. Location:120 1/2 E. Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley 93065. Call: circusvargas.org

SONOMA - Passport to Sonoma Valley. Wine Tasting event allows guests to explore the unique charm of Sonoma Valley, California 's Original Wine Country! Tour one day or the entire weekend as over 50 Sonoma Valley Wineries present over 300 exceptional wines, delicious food pairings and delightful amusement. Your passport and commemorative wine glass give you unlimited tastings, discounts on wine purchases and entry to Sonoma Valley 's acclaimed wineries and hidden gems not normally open to the public. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $55 Weekend Passport through May 15; $65 At the Door; $50 one day;  $60 door. Call: (707) 935-0803. sonomavalleywine.com

SOQUEL - Spring Dog Festival. Event includes Beach Blanket Bow Wow, Dog Costume Parade, Limbo, Dog Couture fashion show, and much more! Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $10/dog. Location: Soquel High School, Soquel, CA. Contact: (831) 476-9065. coastaldogs.com

SUNOL - Toast of Spring on the Wildflower Train. Livermore Valley vintners host wine tasting to during a one hour excursion filled with views of California poppies, lupin and mustard wildflowers seen from a vintage train ride through Niles Canyon. Board at the old Sunol depot and travel part of the historic route of the first transcontinental railroad. The one-hour round-trip excursion is about 14 miles. Suggested donation for regular trips: $10 (this event may cost more, call for details). Sunol Station, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA Call: (925) 862-9063. ncry.org

 

  May 17, 2009

Sunday

ANGELS CAMP - Jumping Frog Jubilee and Calaveras County Fair. A popular contest based on Samuel  Clemens’ trips to the Gold Country region that inspired his published work, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, about Jim Smiley and his frog Dan’l Webster. Event includes a carnival, vendors, games, entertainment and the famous Jumping Frog contest. Cost: $5 - 10. Location: Fairgrounds along Highway 49 between Angels Camp and Sonora.  frogtown.com

BERKELEY - Himalayan Fair and Festival. 26th anniversary Himalayan Fair & Festival celebrates the traditions of the Himalayan mountain cultures. Time: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Location: Live Oak Park, 1300 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA. Call: (510) 869-3995. himalayanfair.net

CAPITOLA  - Happy Birthday Capitola Bash! Barber Shop Quartet, Vintage Auto Parade, Pie Eating Contest, Popcorn & Cotton Candy. Capitola, CA. Capitolachamber.org

CASTROVILLE - Artichoke Festival. 50th annual Artichoke Festival is an event that helped launch Marilyn Monroe's career. Lots of foods, bands, entertainment, music, games, contests and a setting in the heart of artichoke country is what you can expect. artichoke-festival.org

COSTA MESA - Free Train Rides. Orange County Model Engineers club operates 1/8th scale trains in Fairview Park that the public are invited to watch and ride. The 12 minute journey includes a trip around the park, picnic tables for parties and a gift shop with train and logo related items for children and adults. Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

CORONA - Koroneburg European Old World Festival. Southern California's Only Permanent Renaissance Village! Visitors to this 1450-1600 European Village enjoy jugglers, music, jousting, battles and entertainment for the entire family.  Time: 11 to 6 p.m. Cost: $12 -18. Location: Crossroads, Crossroads Riverview Park, 14600 River Rd, Corona, CA 92880 renaissanceinfo.com/

DOHENY - Doheny Blues Festival. Held at Doheny Beach in Dana Point, this annual event has featured Bonnie Raitt and other artists. omegaevents.com

ESCONDIDO - Downtown Street Fair. Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Downtown Escondido, CA. Call:  (760) 745-8877. downtownescondido.com

HUNTINGTON BEACH - Duck-a-thon. Annual Rubber Ducky Race at Huntington Beach Pier. Events go on all day at Pier Plaza. Cost: $10/duck. duck-a-thon.org

KING CITY - Salinas Valley Fair. As good as it gets, the fair includes a carnival, demos, food and vendor booths, entertainment, livestock competitions, and wine competitions. Location: Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division St., King City, CA. salinasvalleyfair.com

LANCASTER - The Full Monty. Cedar Street Theatre present Broadway's smash hit musical about six of out-of-work steel workers who organize an unlikely male stripper act. Time: 2 p.m. Cost: $16 -20. Location: Lancaster Performing Arts Center, 750 Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA. Call: (661) 723-5950. lpac.org

LONG BEACH - Gay Pride Festival. Time: 11 am to 10 pm. Cost: $20 (approx.). Location: Rainbow Lagoon Park, East Shoreline Drive near Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, CA. longebeachpride.org

LOS ANGELES - Guacamole Festival. Held in Lincoln Heights, this event brings together food, music, games and fun. TIme: Noon to 10 p.m. Cost: Free admission. Location: Baldwin & Griffin, Los Angeles (Lincoln Heights), CA.

LOS ANGELES - Flavors of Los Angeles Gala. 3rd annual food event features top L.A. chefs and dining under the stars.  Time: Evening. Location: The City National Bank Plaza, Downtown Los Angeles, Ca. Cost: $250/person.  Call Greater Los Angeles Division of the American Liver Foundation: (310) 670-4624 or [email protected]

OAKDALE - Oakdale Chocolate Festival Classic Car Show.  17th Annual Oakdale, CA event will be held May 16 & 17.   Benefits the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, chamber members, Corvette Club Charity Fund and Oakdale businesses . Pre-registration entry cost is $25 one day; $35 for both days. Patrons pay $5 Adults, Seniors $4 and Children under 12 are Free. Bring a can good for $1 off admission. Cost includes entrance into the Chocolate Festival too. Vehicle categories: on application at website. Questions: email [email protected] or phone Classic Car Show Chairs, Corvette Club, Walt (209) 847-5079 and Bob (209) 524-3958, Chamber (209) 847-2244. 590 N. Yosemite Avenue, Oakdale, CA 95361. oakdalechamber.com

OXNARD -  California Strawberry Festival. 26th Annual celebration.  Time: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Location: Straweberry Meadows off College Park, Oxnard, CA. Call: (209) 267-4394. pacificfinearts.com

PLEASANTON - Hidden Gardens of the Valley Tour. Guests can tour eleven unique gardens at Pleasanton homes, where the love of gardens meets the love of pets. Enjoy the fragrant spring gardens, each of which is named after the homeowner’s pet. Samantha’s Sanctuary, Zen for Von Zinfandel, and others. Receive a map with the location of each garden and a detailed description written by each homeowner. Participants will receive the event brochure and begin the tour at the starred garden on their ticket. The other gardens can be visited in any order. Participants will drive themselves to each garden. Event benefits Valley Humane Society. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $35/person. Call  Valley Humane Society: (925) 426-8656. valleyhumane.org.

PORTERVILLE - Porterville Fair. Livestock, attractions, carnival and country fair nights are the highlights of this fabulous fair. Time:  12:00 p.m. - Gates, Concessions Open, Rotary Stage Entertainment starts, Fun Zone, Carnival, Indoor & Outdoor Exhibits Open 7:30 p.m. - Indoor Exhibits Close 11:00 p.m. -  Fair closes. Cost: $7 admission, $4 parking.  Call: (559) 781-6582. portervillefair.com
ROHNERT PARK -
 Voena Youth Choir: Voices of Dreams Spring Concert. A multi-cultural, a cappella and world music experience, Voices of Dreams, will burst with a splash of color and ethnic diversity to celebrate and embrace the birth of dreams that CAN come true, heard through  spectacular youthful sound. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $20; $15 over 61 and under 13 years. Location: Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA. Call: (800) 838-3006. brownpapertickets.com

SAN DIEGO - Festival of the Arts - Explore the historic North Park neighborhood at the 13th Annual North Park Festival of the Arts Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Along University Avenue between 30th and 32nd streets, San Diego, CA.  Call: (619) 233-5008. northparkmainstreet.com

SAN RAFAEL - Marin Sonoma Concours d'Elegance. First annual event celebrates classic cars with competition the public is invited to enjoy as a benefit for Hospice By The Bay Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $15 general admission; $10 senior and under 16 (when accompanied by adult). Location: Marin Center Fairgrounds, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA. Call: (415) 479-7727 .marinsonomaconcours.org

SANTA CRUZ - Greek Food Faire. The 3rd annual Greek Food Faire includes  Bouzuki music and samplings of authentic  Greek Food, wine, specialties and spirits in a Mediterranean Courtyard setting. You'll feel as if you've been transported to an outdoor taverna in Greece. The event runs through May 17. Time: Noon to 8 p.m. Cost: Admission is free, food and beverage for fee. Location: Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church, 223 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA. Call: (831) 429-6500. propheteliassantacruz.org

SANTA ROSA - Santa Rosa Symphony Concert. Messiaen’s flamboyant Turangalila, inspired by Wagner’s Tristan, explores exotic rhythms and instruments in a transcendent tribute to love. It commands immense virtuosity from an orchestra, in the same way Ravel’s piano concerto demands the combination of fiery power and fragile grace of Cecile Licad. Time: 3 p.m. Cost: $27 - 50. Location: Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, 50 Mark West Springs Rd., Santa Rosa, CA.  Call: (707) 546-3600. wellsfargocenterarts.org

SAUSALITO - Vintage Jewelry Show. Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $6. Location: Sausalito Events Place, Idesst Hall, 511 Caledonia St., Sausalito, CA. goldengateshows.com

SIMI VALLEY - Circus Vargas. Amazing acts under the big tent offer fun entertainment for all ages. Circus Vargas appears in Simi Valley through May 18. Time: 1:30; 4:30; 7:30 p.m. Location:120 1/2 E. Los Angeles Ave. Simi Valley 93065. Call: circusvargas.org

SONOMA - Passport to Sonoma Valley. Wine Tasting event allows guests to explore the unique charm of Sonoma Valley, California 's Original Wine Country! Tour one day or the entire weekend as over 50 Sonoma Valley Wineries present over 300 exceptional wines, delicious food pairings and delightful amusement. Your passport and commemorative wine glass give you unlimited tastings, discounts on wine purchases and entry to Sonoma Valley 's acclaimed wineries and hidden gems not normally open to the public. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: $55 Weekend Passport through May 15; $65 At the Door; $50 one day;  $60 door. Call: (707) 935-0803. sonomavalleywine.com

SOQUEL - Spring Dog Festival. Event includes Beach Blanket Bow Wow, Dog Costume Parade, Limbo, Dog Couture fashion show, and much more! Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost: $10/dog. Location: Soquel High School, Soquel, CA. Contact: (831) 476-9065. coastaldogs.com

STOCKTON - Cheech & Chong. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $105-112. Location: Bob Hope Theater, Stockton, CA. tickco.com

SUNOL - Toast of Spring on the Wildflower Train. Livermore Valley vintners host wine tasting to during a one hour excursion filled with views of California poppies, lupin and mustard wildflowers seen from a vintage train ride through Niles Canyon. Board at the old Sunol depot and travel part of the historic route of the first transcontinental railroad. The one-hour round-trip excursion is about 14 miles. Suggested donation for regular trips: $10 (this event may cost more, call for details). Sunol Station, 6 Kilkare Rd., Sunol, CA Call: (925) 862-9063. ncry.org

 

 

 

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